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A few days ago the newspapers of the United States came out with scare headlines announcing that Dr. Harvey W. Wiley had entered the alcohol controversy in a somewhat unconventional manner. He was credited with saying that "the man who never takes a drink is a 'mollycoddle.'" That a man in Dr. Wiley's position should have thus gratuitously insulted a large body of intelligent people seemed strange to those acquainted with the chief of the bureau of chemistry. As those familiar with his printed works know, he speaks in no uncertain tones on the evil effects of alcohol, and his alleged pronunciamento, therefore, was the more surprising.
After the reported statements had led to a furore of criticism it developed that Dr. Wiley had made no such remarks as those credited to him, nor any that could be so construed. In a signed statement given out by him, here is
DR. WILEY AND TAINTED NEWS. JAMA. 1908;L(11):881–882. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530370047008
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